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Study programme of the Master in Public Management and Policy (PMP)

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Study plan of the Master in Public Management and Policy (PMP)

The study plan (also study programme or study curriculum) of the Master includes information on the structure of the programme.

 

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  • Study plan 2019-2021

    The study plan for students matriculated in academic year 2019/20 is available at the following page:

    www.usi.ch/en/education/master/public-management-and-policy/structure-and-contents

     

     

  • Study plan 2018-2020

    Study plan of the Master in Public Management and Policy - curriculum 2018-2020

     

    PMP is a two-year (four-semester) full-time Master programme: three semesters of courses and one devoted to the preparation of the thesis. Teaching is divided into three blocks for a total of 120 ECTS: core courses (60 ECTS), specialisation (30 ECTS) and thesis (30 ECTS). The first year will be devoted to core courses - mainly taught in Italian but also in English - covering the following areas: politics, public management, law, public economics, and research methods. In the second year, students may personalise their syllabus depending on their interests, academic curriculum and professional aspirations; in fact, in the third semester, they will choose one of the specialisations, while in the fourth they will work on their thesis.

    After the first year of the Programme, students are expected to choose a specialisation. The SPAN partner universities (USI, UNIL, UNIBE) offer several specialisation programmes. Master PMP students are encouraged to take advantage of the inter-university PMP mobility facilitation, granting them guaranteed access to the respective specialisation programmes.

    The 'Swiss Public Administration Network' (SPAN) Study Regulations, (1 July 2010), state that all students who successfully satisfy the requirements prescribed within any module administered in one of the partner universities shall obtain a joint degree of Università della Svizzera italiana and the SPAN Network.

     

    1st year: Core courses (in Italian)

    Module Courses ECTS Semester Prof.

    Political Science

    Comparative Public Administration 3 Autumn Villeneuve
    Dottrine politiche 6 Spring Viroli
    Politiche e istituzioni pubbliche 3 Autumn Antille / Bolgiani
    Public Policy Analysis 3 Spring Savard
    Argumentation in Public Communication 3 Spring Greco

    Public Management

     

     

     

    Public Accounting  3 Autumn Calciolari
    Management e innovazione nella pubblica amministrazione e nel non profit 6 Autumn Meneguzzo/Gianella
    Organizzazione e gestione del personale 3 Spring Sancino
    Fundamentals in Public Communication 3 Autumn Villeneuve
    e-Government (*1) 3 Spring Cantoni
    Law Diritto pubblico per manager pubblici I 3 Autumn De Rossa/Vatiero
    International Law 3 Autumn Cottier
    Diritto pubblico per manager pubblici II 3 Spring De Rossa/Vatiero
    Public Economics Macroeconomia internazionale 3 Autumn Beretta
    Economia pubblica 3 Spring Jametti
    Microeconomia 3 Autumn Jametti / Antonioli
    Methodolgy Statistical Data Analysis 3 Spring Arbia
    Metodologie qualitative:
    costruzione e analisi dei dati
    3 Spring Caiata Zufferey
    Total ECTS   60
     

    (*1) Students with BSc COM USI can replace this course with Usability and Digital Analytics (Dr. Marchiori).

    After the first year dedicated to the core courses, students have the opportunity to choose the specialisation they are interested in:

     

    Specialisation in Lugano (USI):

    Public Communication and Management

    The graduate curriculum in Public Communication and Management focuses students' attention on the knowledge and skills required to run public administration departments successfully. The specialisation degree curriculum explores in depth specific areas of the public sector, providing the tools towards their better understanding and interpretation, while further boosting all the basic management skills.

    Courses are taught in English.

    Year 2 (3rd semester): Specialisation in Public Communication and Management
    (in English)

    Compulsory (18 ECTS) ECTS, Semester Prof.
    People Management and Leadership in Public Sector* 3, Autumn Sancino
    Accountability and Performance 3, Autumn Villeneuve/Calciolari
    Current Issues in International Affairs 3, Autumn Villeneuve/Meneguzzo
    Social Marketing 6, Autumn Suggs
    Intercultural Communication 3, Autumn Drzewiecka
    Electives(12 ECTS)

    Suggested courses: 

    Management and Economics
    Project Management 3, Autumn Gonçalves
    Organisation and Social Network 3, Autumn Lomi
    Applied Social Entrepreneurship 3, Autumn Gonçalves
    Writing Business Plan 3, Autumn Colombo
    UNESCO World Heritage and Tourism 3, Spring De Ascaniis/Ruoss
    Economia del settore non profit 3, Spring Crivelli
    Health Policy 3, Autumn Crivelli
    Communication    
    Newsroom Management and Economics of Journalism 6, Autumn Di Salvo
    International Relations and Tourism 3, Autumn Clementi
    Statut pour l'information publique 3, Autumn Cottier
    Argumentation in Conflict Resolution 3, Autumn Greco
    Social Innovation 3, Autumn Gonçalves
    Social Media Management 3, Autumn Benecchi
    Total ECTS 30  

    *Students enrolled in the A.Y. 2018/19 substitute this course with an elective course. 

     

    Specialisations in Lausanne (UNIL):

    Public Finance and Economics

    Transformation et innovation dans le secteur public 

    Gouvernance internationale et administration publique

    For further information: PMP UNIL

     

    Specialisations in Bern (UNIBE):

    Öffentliches Recht

    Politikwissenschaft

    Management der öffentlichen Verwaltung

    Volkswirtschaftslehre

    Interdisziplinäre Veranstaltungen

    For further information: PMP UNIBE

     

    Changes in the study programme may occurr. In case of discrepancies, or for any legal purpose, the study programme indicated by the Director or the Programme Manager of the Master shall prevail.

     

     

  • Study plan 2017-2019

    Study plan of the Master in Public Management and Policy - curriculum 2017-2019

     

    PMP is a two-year (four-semester) full-time Master programme: three semesters of courses and one devoted to the preparation of the thesis. Teaching is divided into three blocks for a total of 120 ECTS: core courses (60 ECTS), specialisation (30 ECTS) and thesis (30 ECTS). The first year will be devoted to core courses - mainly taught in Italian but also in English - covering the following areas: politics, public management, law, public economics, and research methods. In the second year students may personalise their syllabus depending on their interests, academic curriculum and professional aspirations; in fact, in the third semester, they will choose one of the specializations, while in the fourth they will work on their thesis.

    After the first year of the Programme, students are expected to choose a specialisation. The SPAN partner universities (USI, UNIL, UNIBE) offer several specialisation programmes. Master PMP students are encouraged to take advantage of the inter-university PMP mobility facilitation, granting them guaranteed access to the respective specialisation programmes.

    The 'Swiss Public Administration Network' (SPAN) Study Regulations, (1 July 2010), state that all students who successfully satisfy the requirements prescribed within any module administered in one of the partner universities shall obtain a joint degree of Università della Svizzera italiana and the SPAN Network.

     

    1st year - a.y. 2017/18: Core courses (in Italian)

    Module Courses ECTS Semester Prof.

    Political Science

    Comparative Public Administration 3 FS Villeneuve
    Dottrine politiche 6 SS Viroli
    Politiche e istituzioni pubbliche 3 FS Antille / Bolgiani
    Public Policy Analysis 3 SS Savard
    Argumentation in Public Communication I 3 SS Greco
    Public
    Management
    Public Accounting (*1) 3 FS Calciolari
    Management e innovazione nella pubblica amministrazione e nel non profit 6 FS Meneguzzo / Gianella
    Organizzazione e gestione del personale 3 SS Sancino
    Fundamentals in Public Communication 3 AS Villeneuve
    e-Government (*2) 3 SS Cantoni
    Law Diritto pubblico per manager pubblici I 3 FS De Rossi /Vatiero
    International Law 3 FS Cottier
    Diritto pubblico per manager pubblici II 3 SS De Rossi /Vatiero
    Public Economics Macroeconomia internazionale 3 FS Beretta
    Economia pubblica 3 SS Jametti
    Microeconomia 3 FS Jametti/Antonioli
    Methodology

    Data Analysis

    3 FS Arbia
    Metodologie qualitative: costruzione e analisi dei dati 3 SS Caiata Zufferey
    Total ECTS   60

    (* 1) Mandatory course for 2nd year PMP students too (enrolled in A.Y. 2016-17)
    (*2) Students with BSc COM USI can replace this course with Online Communication Design (Prof. Cantoni).

     

    Specializations

    After the first year dedicated to the core courses, students have the opportunity to choose the specialization they are interested in:

    • Specialization in Lugano (USI):

    Public Communication and Management

    The graduate curriculum in Public Communication and Management focuses students' attention on the knowledge and skills required to run public administration departments successfully. The specialization degree curriculum explores in depth specific areas of the public sector, providing the tools towards their better understanding and interpretation, while further boosting all the basic management skills.

    Courses are taught in English.

    Year 2 (3rd semester) - a.y. 2018/19: Specialisation in Public Communication and Management

    Module Courses ECTS Semester Prof.
    Compulsory
    (18 ECTS)
    Strategic Management in Public and Non Profit Sector 3 FS Meneguzzo
    Accountability and Performance 3 FS Villeneuve/Calciolari
    International Organisations (*3) 3 FS Villeneuve/Risi
    Social Marketing 6 FS Suggs
    Intercultural Communication 3 FS Drzewiecka

    Electives
    (12 ECTS)

    Suggested courses:

    Management and Economics Area
    Project Management 3 FS Gonçalves
    Applied Social Entrepreneurship 6 FS Gonçalves
    Writing business plans 3 SS Colombo
    Economia del settore non profit 3 FS Crivelli
    Health Policy 3 FS Crivelli
    Communication Area
    Newsroom Management and Economics of Journalism 6 FS Di Salvo
    International Relations and Tourism 3 FS Clementi
    Statut pour l'information publique 3 FS Cottier
    Argumentation in Conflict Resolution 3 FS Greco
    Public Affairs 3 FS Seele
    Fundamentals in Public Communication 3 FS Villeneuve
    Online Communication Design 3 FS Cantoni
    Total ECTS 30

    (*3) USI students enrolled in A.Y. 2016-17 replace this course with Public Accounting. 

     

    • Specializations in Lausanne (UNIL):

    Public Finance and Economics

    Transformation et innovation dans le secteur public 

    Politiques, droit et économie de la régulation

    For further information: PMP UNIL

     

    • Specializations in Bern (UNIBE):

    Öffentliches Recht

    Politikwissenschaft

    Management der öffentlichen Verwaltung

    Volkswirtschaftslehre

    Interdisziplinäre Veranstaltungen

    For further information: PMP UNIBE

     

    Thesis and internship

    Research thesis: 30 ECTS

    The Master's thesis consists in a research work in the area of one of the different sectors of the Public Administration. The work, supervised by one or more master's professors, may focus in particular on theoretical or empirical aspects: in any case, students have to demonstrate to be able to apply appropriate concepts, methods, and tools acquired during the programme.

    or

    Internship thesis: 18 ECTS (thesis) + 12 ECTS (internship)

    Students have the opportunity combine an internship with the thesis, which has to be developed on the same subject.

     

    Changes in the study programme may occurr. In case of discrepancies, or for any legal purpose, the study programme indicated by the Director or the Programme Manager of the Master shall prevail.

  • Study plan 2016-2017

    This content is available only in Italian

     

     

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Updated on: 09/08/2019